Visiting Key West and you went out on a fabulous fishing charter with Dream Catcher Charters or one of the other boats in the Key West fishing fleet and you caught yourself a keeper. A question that I get asked almost daily is, “where can I cook my catch?” My suggestions is always this; bring it to a local restaurant to have it cooked up so that you can enjoy it fresh. Fresh fish always tastes amazing!
Just about every Key West fishing charter offers to clean the legally harvested fish you catch and prepare them for the kitchen to be cooked.. You hook it, they cook it.. We call it the “Hook and Cook”.
Below is a list of Key West restaurants that will be happy to cook your catch for you. Just make sure that the fish is filleted by the captain or the mate beforehand otherwise you will have issues getting these establishments to cook your catch.
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Key West restaurants that will cook your catch
- Benihana Steak Seafood Sushi
- Blue Heaven
- Cafe Sole
- Conch Republic Seafood Company
- DJ’s Clam Shack
- Grand Café Key West
- Half Shell Raw Bar
- Hogfish Bar & Grill
- Hurricane Hole
- Key West Fish & Chips
- Louie’s Backyard
- Martin’s on Duval
- New York Pasta Garden
- Pinchers Crab Shack
- Seven Fish
- Southernmost Beach Cafe
- Yellowfin Bar and Grill at Oceans Edge Resort
Key West hotels and resorts that will cook your catch
- Casa Marina Resort
- Hyatt Key West
- Marriott Beachside Resort
- Ocean’s Edge
- Ocean Key Resort
- Pier House Resort
I love fresh fish as much as the next person, but please be respectful of the resources. Keeping a fish or two for a meal is great. But why fill a cooler full of fish that is going to get frozen or wasted? Especially when you could be contributing to the destruction of a fishery by wiping out schools and burning down fish habitat that will not be able to recover.
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Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog as well as our previous restaurant reviews.